This project has gained quite a bit of energy and momentum. The classroom teachers and I are developing additional storytelling and writing activities to tie into the next ELA unit because we've been having so much fun with this first part.
I think this has been such a great collaboration because the books have messages and ideas that tie right into their reading and writing strands and align nicely to the common core. I cringe a little bit saying this, but this is the reality: if I want teacher to collaborate and it is going to take time from their instructional day, then there needs to be real value, not always just a curriculum connection. The Rocket books have real value.
Here's what we have done so far:
We have read the books in library and the classroom:
The students brainstormed ideas - just as the Little Yellow Bird helps Rocket to do:
~think about things you have seen
~think about things you have done
~think about things you are interested in
~think about places you have beenOne of the first grade teachers created this Word Tree for collecting words for their stories:
They collected their words:
Some created a draft story picture:
|The rocket and the bird|
They came back for a second visit and created their pictures.
Coming up next - the students as storytellers!